the living ruins (a photo essay)

Knowing locals and immersing in their everyday lives  are the things that we never failed doing whenever we go out on a trip. It's a leaning, enriching and inspiring experience. It makes us feel like toddlers all over again--ignorant and clueless as blank slates. My favorite subject is people,...

Tarantula Canapé, anyone?

The town of Siem Reap is a provincial capital, a concrete oasis sprouted out of the vast land of scattered temples, rice fields and jungle. It has its own international airport and a fair share of first class accommodations. No building is higher than three floors and...

Meet Antonio Hunter

Hidalgo is the "Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory" for photography enthusiasts, shrouded with street vendors selling all sorts of knickknacks ranging from dvd’s, delicacies and vegetables to nonsensical bagatelles. Its texture, colors and even smell is so rich and chaotic even the tubattaha reef will be...

on sadness…

"the tormented heart doesn't just find happiness, it becomes happiness".   ¬umeed merchant. "the ground beneath her feet" by salman rushdie my feet draws me to the sound of rock. and you, i am not so sure. but there must have been a constant sadness that made...

under the rubble

It was around 6:00 PM (manila time) I was snoozing when a tremor woke me up. Not sure about the magnitude but it was that strong that the few seconds of movement of my apartment building jolted me up from my dream sequence. I never thought...

CAPTION THIS (Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines)

This one caught our eyes when we were walking along Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. We weren't sure of the exact site where it will be rising, but the Kutcheros confirmed that Legacy Superclub will open in the middle of this UNESCO World heritage site, that...

the finesse and the robust

Yes, this is an addendum to what Monette just posted couple of days back. Banteay Srei trully deserves an encore. Unlike other temples in Angkor, Banteay Srei is not within the cluster of structures surrounding Angkor Wat. It is 25 km (15 miles) north-east of the main...

of beauty and drowning

There is such a thing as being lost to reality. A reality spun by ancient dream weavers so that what you see is a reflection of what used to be. Angkor's magic is like such, and we were willing to get lost in its web.  Banteay...

the river of 1,000 lingas

Once, Shiva, a very powerful god, grew tired of the cycle of life and death and reincarnations. He decided to give up the pleasures of life and he smeared his body in ash and he didnt eat or drink or indulge in any physical pleasure....

win a trip for two to boracay

We had our rainy Boracay stint last September, and we really had fun despite the b**chy weather. We managed to make the best of what the island can offer the Flip'n Travelers way. CLICK HERE to see our 2009 Bora adventure. Now Imagine this: Flying with...